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The Berry Street Childhood Institute is proud to present a one-day workshop to be delivered by Professor Gillian Schofield: Promoting Attachment and Resilience in Home Based Care - An Introduction to the Secure Base Model.

Date:  Wednesday October 25, 2017
10am - 4pm
Berry Street Central Office, 1 Salisbury St, Richmond VIC 3121

Gillian Schofield and Mary Beek, from the Centre for Research on Children and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of East Anglia, UK, have developed the Secure Base model of therapeutic care giving.  Based on attachment and resilience theory and research, the model provides a positive and practical framework for understanding and assessing children’s needs, and for enabling and supporting carers to meet those needs.

This training day aims to provide participants with a framework for providing the best possible care for children and young people. 
For children in out of home care, the quality of the caregiving they receive will be of crucial importance in helping them to recover from harm, promoting their happiness and well-being and ensuring they fulfil their potential. 

During this workshop, Professor Schofield will explain the Secure Base model and its applications to practice.  There will also be opportunities for participants to discuss how the model could be useful in their work with children and carers. 

Who Should Attend
The workshop will be of interest to social workers, clinicians, managers and other professionals involved in foster or kinship care, including the support of children in care and their caregivers. 

'This training day will provide an introduction to the Secure Base model, with a focus on understanding and using the Secure Base caregiving dimensions to support carers and benefit children's development.  During the day, exercises will explore how the caregiving cycle for each dimension helps workers to focus on the mental states of carers and children and how these mental states are reflected in their behaviour and relationships.  There will also be a focus on using the model in relation to children of different ages, from infancy through to adolescence, taking account of their different developmental needs.  Discussion will include addressing the challenges of helping those carers who find it more difficult to tune into troubled children to remain emotionally available, reflective and proactive. The aim of the model is practical - to equip carers with confidence and an accessible framework for providing the best possible care for every child.  The aim of the day is also a practical one - to equip staff to take steps to develop the use of the Secure Base model in their practice.'

Professor Gillian Schofield